What’s the difference?
In the U.K. a surplice is longer than a cotta, has rounded, full, often bell-shaped, sleeves and a rounded neck; a cotta is shorter, has rectangular sleeves and often a square cut neck. They are essentially just variations of the same garment, the tradition here is for choristers to wear a surplice and altar servers to wear a cotta (although in Westminster Cathedral the choir also wears cottas - maybe there was a sale on).
What you’re saing is…
Other way round. The cotta is the more ‘box’ shaped.
i’ve edited it- I noticed right after posting haha
Different styles shown here:
Note that an organist’s surplice has a cut made almost up to the shoulder on the sleeves to allow free movement.
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